Google only has a representative office in Indonesia, while transactions and revenue (generated in Indonesia) are booked at Google Inc's Asia Pacific headquarters in Singapore. This means Indonesia misses out on significant tax revenue.

Hanif said Indonesian authorities will continue to investigate Google's (alleged) tax evasion in 2017 as both sides failed to reach a tax settlement so far.

Ken Dwijugiasteadi, Director General of Taxation at Indonesia Finance Ministry, said Google is treated "just like a local taxpayer". This would imply Google Indonesia's executives could face imprisonment if no deal is reached, and if the ongoing investigation confirms the existence of tax evasion. Indonesia's tax office can jail a taxpayer (or a company's directors, board members or shareholders) up to one year in case they owe back taxes of more than IDR 100 million (approx. USD $8,000).

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